Bothwell Regional Health Center Chief Executive Officer John Dawes resigned his position Thursday without stating his future plans, a release from BRHC stated.
BRHC Chief Financial Officer James “Jimmy” Robertson has been named interim CEO effective immediately, according to the release.
“The Bothwell Board of Trustees thanks John for his 13 years of service and his many contributions to the hospital and the community, and wishes him the very best,” the statement said.
Dawes joined BRHC on Jan 2, 2002.
“This is kind of a shock,” said Sedalia Mayor Stephen Galliher. “He’ll be missed.”
Galliher said Dawes was an effective administrator.
Robertson said he had heard of Dawes resignation “a couple of days ago” and wasn’t sure what Dawes intends to do in the future. He did said it was Dawes’ decision to resign his position.
“John hired me back in 2013 and has been a very capable leader,” Robertson said. He said He said the board hasn’t yet discussed a [long-term or permanent] replacement for Dawes, but will continue to ensure the best of care for BRHC patients.
Robertson said he has no plans to make sweeping changes in his new role as interim CEO.
“We’re going to tweak a few things to improve operations,” he said.
Robertson, a Mississippi native, has been working in health care since 1996 and has led the charge to make operational improvements to BRHC. He said his role has been as CFO, but he has also been heavily involved in the operational side of the hospital since he started his position.
“I’m excited about this position,” he said. “The thing I’m really impressed with here is that the hospital staff works really, really hard in providing excellent patient care. We expect our patients to receive the best care possible.”
Board of Trustees President Peggy Van Dyke and Board members Thomas Brody Kempton, Joyce Foster and Dr. David Kuhlman would not comment on Dawes’ resignation. Board members W.C. (Cam) Jennings, Larry Foster and John Warder could not be reached for comment. Dawes also could not be reached for comment.